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Profile: Justine Sessions

Majority Press Secretary, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee

Sessions, 27, credits her quick rise up the communications ranks to surviving an early “trial by fire.” The trial? She began handling press in the office of then-Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., in the middle of his presidential election bid and right before the economic meltdown. Dodd, then the chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, played a key role in shepherding legislation that averted a total financial collapse. Moments during that crisis are among the most memorable of her career, Sessions says. “I’m standing outside with what felt like, and probably was, the entire press corps,” she said of one press conference. “You feel the power of the moment, and you realize what your boss and others are discussing has a profound impact on the future of the country.” Sessions moved to the HELP Committee in September, after taking a break from the Hill to serve as communications director for Democrat Ned Lamont’s gubernatorial campaign in Connecticut. Sessions, a native of New Hartford, Conn., attended Washington and Lee University and credits a semester in Washington for getting her hooked on Congress. And this New Englander says she enjoys Washington’s “Southern charm.”

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